Wet September Wipes Any Trace Of Drought Conditions From Iowa

The monthly Water Summary Update was released Thursday by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and shows a rainy September wiped away all drought designations within the state. Dryness peaked in the first week of September as 41 percent of the state was classified as abnormally dry with an additional 12 percent considered to be in moderate drought conditions. Statewide average rainfall tallied 6.17 inches, making last month the 15th wettest September with 2.79 inches more precipitation than normal. Sheldon in northwest Iowa received the least rainfall with only 2.44 inches while Dubuque received the most at nearly 14 inches. Statewide temperatures were, on average, five degrees above normal at 68.2 degrees, putting September 2019 as the ninth warmest on record. The month’s highest temperature was recorded at 93 degrees throughout south central Iowa on multiple dates. Estherville in Emmet County saw the state’s coolest temperature of 41 degrees on Sept. 28. The report is prepared each month by staff from the DNR, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Institute of Hydraulic Research at the University of Iowa and the U.S. Geological Survey. The full report can be found included with this story on our website.